Job Type: Permanent
Salary Details: $51,432.00 – $58,260.00 Annually
Required Experience: 2 – 6 years

See full details at—hatcheries-division—permanent—12272-21-starbuck-washington/4077515744

  • On-Station Housing Not Available
  • Standby May Be Required

Are you innovative, technically savvy, and skilled at keeping equipment in good operating condition? Are you good at performing preventative maintenance, machine testing, troubleshooting and solving complex technical issues? If so, apply to become a Maintenance Mechanic!

As our Maintenance Mechanic, you’ll have the opportunity to take on a variety of skilled work in the operation, maintenance, and repair areas at our Lyons Ferry Hatchery, Tucannon Fish Hatchery, Cottonwood, Curl and Dayton Acclimation Facilities.

With that in mind, 

Picture yourself using your expertise in skilled fields of plumbing, electrical, welding, carpentry, and machinist work.

This is an opportunity to apply basic fish culture knowledge to fulfill standby obligations, and to make sound decisions regarding maintenance, fabrication, etc., relative to hatchery operations.

The optimal applicants set a positive example, have a can-do attitude, are eager to work hard and have excellent technical skills. 

We are seeking a candidate who respects and values the opinions of others, creating an inclusive team environment where every member feels they contribute value to the project and WDFW.


Our Maintenance Mechanic 2, 

  • Develops and maintains a small water system management program, which includes well-head protection, cross-contamination prevention, annual operating permit, emergency response plan, water conservation plans, and operation and maintenance.
  • Operates and maintains a domestic water system.
  • Maintains telemetry alarm systems – operates and maintains all alarm-monitored systems to include weekly checks as appropriate.
  • Operates and conducts weekly checks on production wells.
  • Conducts general maintenance on fire suppression, irrigation, and other wells, pumps, and associated systems. 
  • Installs/replaces small operational pumps and associated plumbing.
  • Maintains and repairs all water-delivery pipelines for domestic, fire suppression, irrigation, and production water systems, including PVC and iron lines.
  • Performs general maintenance on standby generators, to include oil changes, filter changes, belt replacement, coolant checks, battery replacement, etc.
  • Conducts weekly checks on generator associated diesel fuel storage tanks, and day tank systems.
  • Identifies and makes recommendations for long-term domestic water, alarm system, pump, well and plumbing, generator, and electrical system needs/improvements.
  • Operates and maintains an electrical distribution system.
  • Monitors all electrical systems including multiple motor-control systems and completes minor repairs as appropriate.
  • Builds equipment and tools using wood, PVC and other plastics, iron, aluminum, stainless steel, and other materials.
  • Maintains all vehicles, tools, equipment, including two forklifts, backhoe, two fish-planting trucks, tankers, various mowers and landscaping tools, pumps, motors, etc.
  • Maintains all buildings and grounds, which includes fish incubation buildings with shop rooms and feed storage rooms, walk-in freezers, a cool room, spawning buildings, storage building, and eight residences, etc.


Work Setting, including hazards:    

  • Work is performed in variable weather conditions, temperatures, and high winds.
  • Infrequent travel might include icy roads, deer, and other wildlife. 


  • Typically, work schedule is 40 hours per week, but occasionally extra hours may need to be worked for emergency situations or other workload needs.

Travel Requirements: 

  • Travel may be required to accomplish agency goals.

Tools and Equipment: 

  • Power and hand tools, lawn care equipment, tractors, forklifts, welding equipment, egg picking machines, water sampling instruments.
  • Transport trucks, passenger vehicles, fish pumps, trash pumps, pressure washers, diesel generators, small gas engine, computers, and software.

Customer Interactions:

  • Occasional interaction with the general public.


  • Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14 state employees must be fully vaccinated effective October 18, 2021, absent an approved medical or religious accommodation.



  • High School graduation AND four (4) years of general work experience in building and equipment maintenance, construction, and repair work. 

Please Note: Specific experience in complex water delivery systems, alarm system uses and maintenance, large pumps/well/standby generator use and maintenance, complex electrical systems, domestic water systems and requirements, hatchery operations, fabrication and welding, and physical plant maintenance is highly preferred.

Job knowledge and experience with:

  • Water delivery systems including domestic water systems and requirements.
  • Welding, carpentry, machinist work for fabrication/repair.
  • Plumbing of all types for various improvements/repair of multiple water delivery systems.
  • Small engine repair; motor operation and repair.
  • Electrical system operation and repair, motor control repair.
  • Pump operation and repair.
  • Use and maintenance of a wide variety of tools and equipment for maintenance (welders, hand tools, power tools, pumps, etc.).
  • Use and maintenance of all vehicles used in hatchery operations (trucks, backhoe, forklift, gator and fish planting truck, etc.).
  • Safety procedures (confined space, lockout/tag out, tool and equipment use, etc.).
  • Reading and interpreting plans, blueprints, and schematics.
  • Basic fish culture.

Ability to:

  • Lead and assist in training employees.
  • Perform mechanical tasks using power and hand tools.


  • Valid driver’s license is required.


  • A class B commercial driver’s license.
  • A pesticide applicators license.
  • A Water Distribution Manager One license.
  • A watercraft operator’s certificate.

Supplemental Information

Please note: Failure to follow the instructions below may lead to disqualification.

In order to successfully apply for this position, you MUST complete your profile at and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application:

  • A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (Generic cover letter will not be accepted).
  • A current resume. 
  • Three professional references. 


On Monday August 9, 2021, Governor Inslee enacted Proclamation 21-14 which requires that all employees of all state agencies not headed by an elected official be fully vaccinated with a recommended COVID-19 vaccine by October 18, 2021 as a condition of employment. Fully vaccinated includes the two-week waiting period after the last shot in each series, or single shot, is given. If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide verification of COVID vaccination. A list of acceptable documents to provide verification can be reviewed here. Vaccination acceptable documents link (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader)

The Department of Fish and Wildlife’s priority during the Covid-19 health crisis is to keep our staff, candidates, and the public safe.  We are hiring and encourage you to apply to open positions. We have transitioned to a virtual recruitment process, to include web-based interviews.

All new employees must complete an Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9 Form) on their first day of work. If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide documentation proving you are eligible to work in the United States. For a list of acceptable documents, please use the following link:


Learn about our agency and the perks of working for WDFW!

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has some of the most talented people in the natural resource field.  We celebrate and value diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community, and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfilling the agency’s mission. We value demonstrated skill in living WDFW values of Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE).

WDFW employees may be eligible for the following:

Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth.


These positions are in the bargaining unit represented by the Washington Association of Fish & Wildlife Hatchery Professionals and is subject to the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish & Wildlife, and the Washington Association of Fish Hatchery Professionals (WAFHP).


To take advantage of veteran preference, please do the following:

  • Email a copy of your DD214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22 or USDVA signed verification of service letter to
  • Subject line should include recruitment number, position, and Vet (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – Veteran)
  • Include your name as it appears on your application in


To take advantage of military spouse preference, please do the following:

  • Notify us of your military spouse status by email at  
  • Subject line should include recruitment number, position, and MS (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – MS)
  • Include your name as it appears on your application in

Note: Please blackout any PII (personally identifiable information) data such as social security numbers. For further information, please contact us at

As part of WDFW’s efforts to advance respectful and inclusive work environments, the Agency expects inclusivity as part of our professional interactions and communications.  Therefore, we want to ensure that all individuals feel welcome, are treated fairly and respectfully.  All staff are empowered to fully contribute to serving their work unit, Agency, and the citizens of Washington.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is an equal opportunity employer.  We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity.   Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.  

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